London Bass Guitar Show 2016

The buzz about the 2016 London Bass Guitar Show started as soon as we had recovered from the excitement of the 2015 show. At first, new information came as a trickle: the 2016 date was announced; we were promised the event would be amazing. ‘Huh, that’s what the organisers always say, isn’t it’ we mumbled to ourselves. How could the relatively unexpected, huge success of the 2015 show be topped?

But we had faith, and with each new announcement, our interest rapidly escalated. Several large exhibitors, such as Warwick, who had had to skip 2015 due to schedule clashes with other events, would be back. 2016 would be Spector’s 40th anniversary. The show would have a larger than usual number of brand launches for the UK – both new luthiers and amplification companies. There would be big stars giving masterclasses and playing in the auditorium – the names came in like a flood: Michael Manring, John Rhino Edwards, Peter Hook, Dave Swift, Neil Fairclough, Adam Ben Ezra, Freekbass, Suzi Quatro (wait, Suzi Quatro!?) Oh, and Rob Trujillo. Yes, that Rob Trujillo. Plays bass in some low-key Californian metal band, produced a documentary about a guy who defretted his bass… He would be sharing the stage at the Bass Show with some awesome musicians of his choice, including Mark King, and answer our questions in a masterclass.

This year I was working as a reporter for Bass Guitar Magazine – as well as being Basschat’s roving representative, as always – so I had to juggle interviewing exhibitors and stars with my attendance at shows and masterclasses. I did well; I only missed Rhino’s and Federico Malaman’s appearances on stage; I hope they come back soon, so I can make sure to attend. Luckily I had the opportunity to say hi and exchange a few words with each of them backstage and in the exhibitors’ hall.

Freekbass

Freekbass

 

Dave Swift with BGM editor Joel McIver

Dave Swift with BGM editor Joel McIver

 

Michael Manring

Michael Manring, mid-retuning manoeuvre

 

Neil Fairclough

Neil Fairclough

 

Peter Hook with Dave Marks

Peter Hook with Dave Marks

 

Adam Ben Ezra

Adam Ben Ezra

 

Suzi Quatro with Dave Marks

Suzi Quatro with Dave Marks

 

Suzi Quatro

 

Mass Mental

Rob Trujillo on stage with Mass Mental

 

Rob Trujillo

 

A few shots of the stars offstage:

Rob Trujillo

Rob signs flyers and posters for a long queue of fans

 

Rob Trujillo

… and is photographed backstage for Bass Guitar Magazine

 

Adam Ben Ezra photoshoot for BGM

Adam Ben Ezra is photographed by Eckie for Bass Guitar Magazine

 

Adam 'Nolly' Getgood

Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood and his Dingwall

 

Andy Baxter

Andy Baxter (he of the vintage bass shop)

 

John 'Rhino' Edwards

John ‘Rhino’ Edwards of Quo with his Status

 

Rhino signs a bass at the Status booth

Rhino signs that same bass at the Status booth

 

John 'Rhino' Edwards

 

Federico Malaman

Federico Malaman stops to chat to fans in the entrance hall

 

I had time to say hi to a few visiting Basschatters, although I spotted many more in the crowd than I managed to speak to or take photos of.

Sean & Mick

Billy Apple and The Greek

 

Billy Apple, The Greek and Customstocker

 

 

Andrew Taylor-Cummings

Basschatter and Anaconda Basses mainman Andrew Taylor-Cummings

 

Marc Vanderkley, Scott Devine, Phil Mann

Basschatters Marc Vanderkley and Scott Devine with Bass Guitar Magazine contributor Phil Mann

 

Before we go on to the images of the exhibitors, it’s useful to bear in mind that most of the photos showing the stands in all their glory were taken early in the morning, before the general public was allowed in. The show was as crowded as ever; the pics below were taken while one or more masterclasses and shows were on (that is, during relatively quiet times).

 

The guy on the left seems to have noticed me taking this pic! Was that you? Let me know.  🙂

 

THE EXHIBITORS – in alphabetical order

AC Guitars  –  ACGuitars.co.uk

The basses have ART (Acrylic Resin Treated) tops and fingerboards

 

ACG

First an all-right-handed trio…

 

ACG

… then a lefty eventually materialises!

 

AGS Guitar Straps  –  agstrap.com

AGS Straps

AGS straps

Owner Mamta Bose

 

Aguilar  –  aguilaramp.com via Barnes & Mullins (bandm.co.uk)

Aguilar

New lightweight cabs…

 

Aguilar

… and pedals. Lots of pedals. 🙂

 

Ashdown  –  ashdownmusic.com

Debuting the new Rootmaster-Evo and AAA-Evo product lines.

Ashdown

Ashdown

Ashdown

 

Bass Direct  –  bassdirect.co.uk

Bass Direct

The by now customary Bass Direct GAS-fest!!

 

Bass Direct

Bass Direct

Dingwalls!

 

Sheldon Dingwall @ Bass Direct

Sheldon and his D-Bird

 

Mayones @ Bass Direct

Mayones

 

Mayones

Assorted knobs! 😉

 

Bassline Publishing  –  basslinepublishing.com

Bassline Publishing

Bassline Publishing

Stu Hamm’s and Marcus Miller’s books were newly published

 

Bassline Publishing

 

Chowny Bass Guitars  –  chownybass.com

Chowny

The CHB semi-acoustic, short scale bass debuted at the show

 

Chowny

Stephen with a customer

 

Cort Guitars  –  cortguitars.com  via Proel International Ltd (proel.co.uk)

Cort - Proel International Ltd

Cort was showcasing the updated 2016 Artisan and Action series

 

D’Addario  –  daddario.com

D'Addario

The display was centred on the new, already very successful NYXL bass strings

 

D'Addario

Andrew, Elaine and Dood

 

EUROPEAN GUITAR BUILDERS

European Guitar Builders

Rikkers  –  rikkersgitaarbouw.nl

Rikkers

Le Fay Basses  –  lefay.de

Le Fay Basses

Brothers Reiner and Meik Dobbratz

 

Le Fay Basses

Close-up of that steel fingerboard bass, together with a nice fanned-fret bass.

 

Manne  –  manne.com

Manne

 

De Gier Guitars  –  degierguitars.com

De Gier

Sander stands proudly next to his creations

 

DR Strings  –  drstrings.com  via Barnes & Mullins (bandm.co.uk)

DR Strings

 

East UK  –  east-uk.com

John East

Basschat’s favourite retrofit preamp maker 🙂

 

John East

 

Eden Amplification  –  edenamps.com

Eden Amplification

The new Terra Nova series, hot from winter NAMM

 

Eden Amplification

Eden Amplification

Freekbass visits the Eden stand

 

Eich Amplification  –  eich-amps.com

Eich

New company created by Thomas Eich, formerly of TecAmp

 

Eich/Marleaux

Eich provided Marleaux basses to play through their amps

 

Ellio Martina Guitars  –  elliomartina.com and bassmute.com

Ellio Martina Guitars

Bass Mute

Ellio still makes his basses and mutes entirely by hand

 

Enfield Guitars  –  enfieldguitars.com  with Sims Pickups  –  simscustom.com

Enfield Guitars - Sims Pickups

 

Gillett Guitars  –  Gillett-Guitars

Gillett Guitars

Michael poses with one of his Contour basses

 

Gillett Guitars

Gillett Guitars

Gillett Guitars

The semiacoustic Contour basses have a special internal design, and the strings go through the body for better resonance

 

Jon Liebman  –  jonliebman.com

Jon Liebman

Possibly the only quiet-ish moment at Jon’s table in the whole weekend

 

Markbass  –  markbass.it  via MSL Professional (mslpro.co.uk)

Markbass

Markbass

Basschatter Mojoke (Kevin) helped out at the stand this year as well

 

Marvit Guitars  –  marvitguitars.com

Marvit Guitars

Italian company making their debut in the UK

 

Marvit Guitars

 

Oliver Lang Instruments  –  oliverlang-instruments.com

Oliver Lang

The new series of Cadiz basses

 

Oliver Lang

Oliver

 

OnkartGromt  –  onkartgromt.no

OnkarGromt

 

OnkarGromt

These are the new effects launched at the show

 

Overwater Basses  –  overwaterbasses.com

Overwater

Martin Lee with Lorenzo Feliciati

 

Overwater

Phil Mann chats to Chris May and Kirsty Cowe

 

Peavey  –  peavey.com

Peavey

Peavey showcased their new amp heads, the MiniMAX and the MiniMEGA

 

Peavey

 

Phil Jones Bass  –  pjbworld.com

Phil Jones Bass

Pure GAS!!

 

Promenade Music  –  promenademusic.co.uk

Promenade Music

A good variety of Nice Things on offer for pockets of all sizes

 

Promenade Music

Promenade Music

Mmmm….

 

Rotosound  –  rotosound.com

Rotosound

Owner Jason How with Alex Lofoco

 

Rotosound

Flying the flag! 🙂

 

Schack Guitars  –  schack-guitars.de

Schack Guitars

 

Schack Guitars

 

Scott Dixon  –  scottdixoninc.com

Scott Dixon

These look pretty damn tough, and they are, but they’re also lightweight.

 

Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon

Space-age, armoured cab 😉 😀

 

SmoothHound  –  smoothhound-innovations.com

Smoothhound

Not a cable or lead in sight – they’re not needed.

 

Spector  –  www.spectorbass.com

Spector

Spector

Stuart Spector

Stuart was there throughout the weekend to chat with customers and fans

 

Stuart Spector & Sean

… including Basschatter Billy Apple and his new purchase

 

Status  –  status-graphite.com

Status Graphite

Feast for the eyes

 

Status Graphite

The white one was signed by Rhino later

 

Status Graphite

Status Graphite

 

Stonefield  –  stonefieldmusic.com

Stonefield

Hot from New Zealand for the big UK launch at the show

 

Stonefield

Passive electronics and tailpiece tuning

 

 

Strings&Things  –  stringsandthings.co.uk  with Ernie Ball/Musicman (music-man.com)

Strings&Things

Ernie Ball strings

Strings&Things

Bass Guitar Magazine Contributor Ellen O’Reilly with her band

 

Torun Instruments  –  torun-instruments.com

Kamil Torun

Another brand launch – each of these basses is created as a work of art

 

Torun Instruments

That’s real gold leaf.

 

Upright Bass Zone (offered by Thomas & George Martin, thomasmartin.co.uk)

Thomas Martin Bass

The aluminium ones look cool, the wooden ones sound better 🙂

 

Thomas Martin Bass

Paolo

Paolo was one of the very helpful guys who encouraged us to try the double bass. If only there had been a lefty one available…

 

Vanderkley Amplification  –  vanderkleyamp.nl

Vanderkley

By early Saturday, Marc had already sold the whole of his LBGS stock!

 

Warwick & Framus  –  warwickbass.com

Warwick

My favourite gear porn section…

 

Warwick

Warwick

Warwick

The stand was always so busy I had to take photos early on Sunday morning before the crowds were allowed in.

 

Westside Distribution  –  westsidedistribution.com  with:

Dunlop Electronics  –  dunlop-electronics
Dunlop MXR pedals  –  jimdunlop.com
Dunlop Strings  –  jimdunlop.com
Mesa Boogie  –  mesaboogie.com
Mono  –  monocreators.com
Shecter Guitars  –  schecterguitars.com

 

Westside Distribution

 

In conclusion – I’m counting down to next year’s LBGS! Only 11 1/2 months to go… 😀

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